USA service member missing after Black Hawk crash off Yemen coast

U.S. army soldiers get ready to land from a Black Hawk helicopter during Suwalki gap defence exercise in Mikyciai Lithuania

The helicopter crashed while the crew was training about 20 miles off the southern coast of the country, according to a statement released late Friday by U.S. Central Command.

American forces are searching for a USA service member after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed near the coast of Yemen during a training mission on Friday night. Washington Post quoted U.S. Central Command statement.

The U.S. military has experienced a string of tragic and concerning crashes over the past couple of months, leading observers to speculate about the cause, suggesting everything from hacking to poor training.

"U.S. forces were conducting routine helicopter training in order to maintain proficiency within the operational environment".

The group is al-Qaida's second largest affiliate and perhaps its most unsafe, USA defense officials speaking on condition of anonymity told reporters in a briefing earlier this year.

Last month, a military transport plane crash killing 16 service members including elite special operations forces in northern Mississippi.

Yemen, located on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, is engulfed in the years-long civil war.

A search is ongoing for the missing service member, and the USA military said it will investigate the incident.

For more than two years, Yemen's Saudi-backed government forces-with US support and munitions-have been pitted against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, leading to a devastating humanitarian crisis.

The crash took place Friday evening.

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